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Epoch.2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months, 1 week ago
Epoch.2 | Hands-On

For the most part, cover-based shooters have traditionally been a console experience. Ever since Gear of War popularised the magnetic wall mechanic, joypad jostlers have been inundated with third-person blasters which have you spending half the game bent double behind a pile of rubble like an arthritic bricklayer. However, in 2011, Uppercut Games brought a variation of this popular subgenre to the App Store. The game was called Epoch., and it condensed the popular cover-based shooting mechanic to a touchscreen-friendly tap-and-swipe system. We rather liked it, with our reviewer taking a particular shine to the innovate interface. Today, Epoch.2 rolled onto iOS. Our review is incoming, bu…


Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months, 1 week ago
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas | Hands-On

Few indie games have generated as much buzz as Oceanhorn. Two years in development, Cornfox & Bros.'s Zelda-esque action RPG has been turning heads and widening eyes since the first screenshots appeared online. As of midnight tonight, Oceanhorn will go live on App Stores worldwide. However, if you can't wait till then to see the game in action, you can watch me play through the first 15 minutes in the video below. Be sure to check back soon for the AppSpy review.…


Star Wars: Tiny Death Star | Freeplay

Feature By James Gilmour, 8 months, 1 week ago
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star | Freeplay

If you still have love in your heart for the 'Wars, then it can't have escaped your attention that Star Wars: Tiny Death Star came out last week. Developed by Tiny Tower creator NimbleBit, it's essentially a reskinned version of the popular tower management game, only with stormtroopers and ewoks and stuff. As it's one of those long-term investment games that don't lend themselves to traditional reviews, I thought I'd do a quick freeplay video to show you what Star Wars: Tiny Death Star has to offer. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as hotel proprietors.  …


Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Dead Trigger, developer Madfinger's visually arresting entry into the zombie-shooter sub genre, was one of the surprise hits of 2012. As anyone who has ever typed the letter 'z' into the App Store's search bar will know, zombie games are ten-a-penny on iOS. Like the undead hordes that they portray, these games continue to shamble relentlessly towards us, with every fallen, bullet-ridden carcass immediately replaced by five more.  There was something about Dead Trigger, however, that managed to cut through the swathe of deadite-blasters and plunge a pipe wrench into the heart of mobile gamers everywhere. On October 23rd, Madfinger will release Dead Trigger 2. We've just got our hands…


The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Once again, AppSpy editor James Gilmour (@Metal_Slag) and Pocket Gamer handheld editor Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) continue their adventures into the world of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. This week, James gets bored of waiting for Peter to return to homebase, and decides to lead a rescue party of one to recover him.  Will Peter and James be reunited? Can the pair survive another night without bedding or shelter? Will they actually achieve a single worthwhile goal in this entire series? Find out in The Junk Jack X-Files: Case 4. Previous episodes of The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1Case 2Case 3…


Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

With the Caped Crusader polishing his baterangs in preparation for his big console comeback Batman: Arkham Origins, developer NetherRealm has been hard at work creating the obligatory iOS tie-in. As it turns out, this iOS version of Batman: Arkham Origins actually has more in common with Injustice: Gods Among Us than its console cousin. It's a one-on-one brawler which puts the Dark Knight centre stage, and then chucks an assortment of Gotham's most sociopathic at his predictably scowling face. As it's only just arrived on the App Store, I thought I'd show you the first few levels to give you an idea of what to expect. Check back soon for the full review. …


The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! It was quite a question this week right? It can be hard to answer just what kind of game you wish to make when no boundaries are set on the question. Jastootie, Darkscience, and Taekon all dreamed big to create a magnum opus, and they all agreed on no IAPs and a higher price point to accommodate it. While their pitches lacked specifics, they obviously see the strength and potential of the iOS platform and would be interested in creating significant gaming experiences for it. To be honest, I went the completely opposite path. One thing I enjoy is to look at a classic game or a modern game with simple mechanics and then to think of how to use what they did as…


The Junk Jack X Files: Case 3

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 3

AppSpy editor James Gilmour (@Metal_Slag) and Pocket Gamer handheld editor Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) continue their adventures into the world of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. This week, James cooks an egg, and Peter gets lost in the wilderness. Will Peter find his way home? Will James find any toasty soldiers to go with his egg? Will either of them ever work out how to play this bloody game?! All this and more in The Junk Jack X Files: Case 3.…


The Junk Jack X Files: Case 2

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 3 weeks ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 2

This week, AppSpy editor James Gilmour (@Metal_Slag) and Pocket Gamer handheld editor Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) continue their adventures into the world of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. Watch as the happless duo lament the absence of dancing penguins, and spend a full five minutes trying to work out how to roast a chicken. All this and more in The Junk Jack X Files: Case 2.…


Tiny Thief Competition

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Tiny Thief Competition

We don't approve of theft, but we do approve of Tiny Thief, the cutesy stealth puzzler from Rovio Stars. Well it just so happen that we have "acquired" some unique Tiny Thief swag that we're willing to give away to you, the loyal and attractive AppSpy viewer. To stand a chance of winning a Tiny Thief poster and a one-of-a-kind handmade crochet replica of the game's adorable ferret co-star, just click on this Twitter link  and hit the retweet button before Monday October 7th. It's that simple. It's practically daylight robbery.  We'll announce the winners here, on the AppSpy YouTube channel, and via Twitter, so be sure to get those clicks in before October 7th. Good luck, and k…


The Question

Feature By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 3 weeks ago
The Question

Hello there loyal Appspy readers! It’s finally come to that point. No, not the end of the question and answer segment, but the call out for ideas. Drawing a complete blank on what question to ask you all this week, the idea of asking a question for a question arose. So this week’s question is simply this: What sorts of questions would you like to be asked in future installments of the question and answer column? We have readers with such diverse backgrounds from all around the world, so I’m calling on your individual experience and unique view of not only the world, but the iOS platform to come up with any questions that you would be intrigued to hear other answers to.…


The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 3 weeks ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! Not much of a response this week, but we did have those site issues over last weekend. I do want to thank Taekon and DarkScience for their replies. I had completely overlooked the possible positives of the push notification, or more specifically, why they were created in the first place. For many of the games I review, push notifications will appear regularly as long as the app is on my phone. It’s not exactly the concept itself that annoys me, but rather at the start of every app with them, it gives you an option to turn push notifications off. I always do this, and even so, these games will always notify me to keep playing, to return. Perhaps it&rsqu…


News Wrap-Up | 27th September 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 4 weeks ago
News Wrap-Up | 27th September 2013

We love Cut the Rope here at AppSpy. We're not sure whether it's the clever physics puzzles, the vicarious sugar rush that comes from delivering all that candy, or the fact that Om Nom is the cutest thing I've ever seen. But whatever the reason, we think its great. So, great, in fact, that we named it one of our Top 5 games from the past 5 years. Though we've had a couple of spin-offs since the original landed - Cut the Rope: Experiments and Cut the Rope: Time Travel - we've been waiting for developer Zeptolab to get to work on a proper sequel. Well, wait no more, candy fans: Cut the Rope 2 has been confirmed, and is coming to the App Store this very winter. According to Zeptolab, Cut…


The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 4 weeks ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1

Okay.  So we know many of you have been waiting for our review of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. We reviewed Terreria, the other iOS-based 2D Minecraft-a-like, a couple of weeks ago, but are aware that we have yet to share our views on its similarly blocky rival. Spolier: This isn't a review of Junk Jack X. Instead, I have teamed up with Peter Willington, handheld editor for sister site Pocket Gamer, to explore Junk Jack X in a different way. Welcome to The Junk Jack X Files.…


FIFA 14 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months ago
FIFA 14 | Hands-On

With FIFA 14 hitting the App Store virtual shelves yesterday, we thought it only right and proper that we make video to give you guys a peek at what you can expect from the game. Unfortunately, that job fell to me, a man whose knowledge of football and football games is on a par with a moth's understanding of string theory. Or my own understanding of string theory. However, rather than crumble beneath the weight of my sporting ignorance, I decided to boot up the game, grab a microphone, and push on regardless.  Here is the result:…